The influence of Green parties on postmaterialist values

Tranter, Bruce and Western, Mark (2009) The influence of Green parties on postmaterialist values. British Journal of Sociology, 60 1: 145-167. doi:10.1111/j.1468-4446.2008.01222.x

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Author Tranter, Bruce
Western, Mark
Title The influence of Green parties on postmaterialist values
Journal name British Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-1315
Publication date 2009-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2008.01222.x
Volume 60
Issue 1
Start page 145
End page 167
Total pages 23
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 1606 Political Science
160605 Environmental Politics
Abstract This paper contributes to the debate on value change by advancing a new explanation of the relationship between political parties and generational-based values in advanced industrialized nations. Through multivariate analysis of World Values and other survey data from 29 countries, we show that the relationship between generations and values tends to vary between polities dominated by major parties and those in which many parties achieve electoral success. Green parties enhance the uptake of postmaterialist values and speed the decline of materialist ones, particularly among younger generations, by promoting a political discourse and agenda that contributes to the formative experiences underpinning value change. This research suggests that institutional structures and political parties need to be given far greater prominence in theories of postmaterial value change.
Keyword Postmaterial material
Major parties
Green parties
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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